Art Fair Philippines 2013

Art Fair Philippines 2013: An Art Attack in the Carpark

Be prepared for an art attack this Chinese New Year weekend.  Visit the Art Fair Philippines 2013 at the 6th level of The Link (carpark), in Ayala Center, Makati from February 7-10 and enjoy the visual feast showcasing “The Best in Philippine Contemporary Art.” There are 24 galleries and art groups participating, with big names as well as up and coming names in the Philippine arts scene being represented.
A visitor to the fair may be in for a sensory overload, as there’s quite a number of artworks on display at the carpark-turned-art-gallery for the weekend. One cannot miss the San Miguel beer crates used as frames for different found objects by Peewee Roldan,  the “bulol” or rice god sculptures in unusual poses by Ronald Ventura, the fascinating and creepy moving collection of sculptures by Gabby Barredo, the colorful pop art from Secret Fresh, the intricate work of Eugenia Alcaide using … Continue Reading →

Manila’s Elite in the Eyes of Claudio Bravo

 In the 1960s, then up and coming Chilean artist Claudio Bravo was invited to visit the Philippines by no less than President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. Bravo stayed for around six months in 1968 and did commissioned portraits of some of Manila’s rich and famous. These portraits are the focus of an ongoing exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
The Embassy of Chile and geothermal energy producer Energy Development Corporation presents Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila as a tribute to the world-renowned hyperrealist artist who died last year. It is also a celebration of the ties between the Philippines and Chile. The inauguration of the exhibit on September 18 coincided with the 202nd anniversary of Chile’s independence.
Claudio Bravo’s striking portraits of Manila’s high society evoke an air of formality that recalls the timeless classical paintings of the Renaissance era. Done mostly using graphite, … Continue Reading →

Marcel Antonio’s Romantic Lie

Ongoing at the Yuchengco Museum in RCBC Plaza, Makati is an exhibition of the latest collection of paintings by Marcel Antonio. Titled “The Romantic Lie: Desire, Ennui, Anxiety,” Antonio’s works here are replete with symbolism and peopled by characters with different stories to tell. Animals, like an owl, hare and rooster, as well as whimsical images such as a winged horse and winged boots are strategically placed in some works, which should predictably elicit varied interpretations. Desire, ennui and anxiety are seen in the characters’ faces and postures, with men and women alike gazing out longingly into the unknown and at least one young man contentedly napping away the hours.
This new series of Antonio’s works, done in oil and acrylic, is in response to a 2010 blog essay posted by poet VIS De Veyra wherein he critiques Antonio’s body of work. New poems by De Veyra are featured in this latest exhibition’s catalog.
Exhibit … Continue Reading →